Jean-Marc Janaillac, CEO of Franco-Dutch airline Air France-KLM, announced his resignation after a majority of the Air France staff said “no” in a consultation vote on a salary offer.
The CEO sought an agreement with the staff outside of the French trade unions amid rising deadlock which has followed 13 days of strike.
Earlier on Friday, Air France-KLM announced an operating loss of 118 million euros, including around 75 million euros due to the strikes impact at Air France.
On April 16, Janaillac offered a multi-year pay agreement proposal to the staff ensuring a 7-percent wage increase over four years, including a 2-percent increase in 2018. Janaillac had laid his personal future in the hands of his staff and their decision in the vote on the salary offer. If the proposal was rejected by the employees, he would resign.
Between April 26 and May 4, 2018, 46,771 staff members at Air France were able to express their opinion in an electronic voting process. With a participation rate of 80.33 percent in this consultation, 55.44 percent of the employees voted “no”, the airline announced in a press release.